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Zenith Bank commends Eagles, urges team to go for bronze

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Nigeria’s players celebrate their goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Semi-final football match between Algeria and Nigeria at the Cairo International stadium in Cairo on July 14, 2019. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)

One of the major sponsors of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Zenith Bank has hailed the performance of the Super Eagles at the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, despite the failure of the country to qualify for the final of the competition. Nigeria lost their semifinal clash against Algeria 0-1 and will now play in the third-place game.

Despite coming from a goal down in the game against Algeria, the Eagles succumbed to a last-minute freekick by Riyad Mahrez to lose 2-1 to the Dessert Foxes.

Zenith Bank had urged the team to go for the win before the game but said the players showed a lot of resilience in the match by coming from a goal down to get the equaliser and almost taking the game to extra time.

Speaking on the competition, the Group Managing Director of the bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu commended the fighting spirit of the Eagles, adding that they have displayed the quality of champions, despite the defeat.

“Although we wanted them to come back with the trophy, getting to the last four is a good achievement for the team,” he said.

“With host country, Egypt, defending champions, Cameroun and some other top teams failing to get to the last four, I will say they have made Nigeria proud.

“It was not an easy task against a team like Algeria, who have been playing exceptionally well since the start of the competition, but taking the battle to them, especially in the second half, show that we have a bright future in the team.”

Onyeagwu, however, tasked them not to return to the country empty-handed, adding they should go all out for a win against Tunisia in the third-place match.

He said the boys should put behind them the semifinal loss against Algeria and make Tunisia pay for the defeat.


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